Over the years National Apprenticeship Week (9th-13th March) has become a key focus in Pendennis’ calendar, during which they strive to promote the benefits of running or training on such a scheme. Pendennis Shipyard has operated an apprenticeship scheme for over 16 years, training over 170 local young people.
Each year they undertake an activity that is personal to their apprentices and to the yard. This year on Friday 13th March, in conjunction with local company Granite Planet, Pendennis organised a charity abseil. 30 current apprentices alongside over 30 Pendennis staff and 15 visiting crew members dropped themselves over 20m from the new hospitality suite to raise funds for Cancer Research UK. The charity was selected in memory of colleague Adam Ignaczak who sadly Pendennis recently lost suddenly to the disease.
Toby Allies, Sales & Marketing Director, was first over the rails, commented on the incredible success of the day; “We are extremely grateful for donations from current project crews, especially Malahne, and to our major sponsors Edmiston and G.L. Watson, whose contributions alongside that of fellow staff members, families, suppliers, yachting media and industry partners have raised an incredible £32,000 for Cancer Research UK. Their support is an important step in tackling this disease and the generosity shown has deeply touched the staff here at Pendennis.”